Owen, Carmel and I went to the Independence day parade that kicked off our holiday weekend around here. I always love watching tractors and horses running through the downtown streets and rarely miss the opportunity. However, after the last little horse passed us I'm certain it became one of the loudest parades I have witnessed, complete with sirens and horns running at full volume from every firetruck and ambulance from the surrounding area. It turned out to be good training for a weekend filled with explosives, but I think for next year we may begin to sidle away as the last tiny horse passes us by (and before the first siren rings out!). Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.